Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Denham Springs Pumpkin Patch

For Baton Rouge things to do, the Denham Springs pumpkin patch in Denham Springs has always been one of our favorite fall activities with the kids. Since we have lived just on the outside of Baton Rouge in a nice city called Denham Springs we have made it a yearly ritual to go visit our local pumpkin patch not to far from where we live. This local event is sponsored by the small St. Francis Episcopal Church right off of Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs at 726 Maple Street. The Denham Springs pumpkin patch is open until October 31st from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day. We've started bringing my son, Tyler there for pictures when he was a a baby and have continued the tradition ever since with the addition of our daughter Haley.

Anyway, it's always a fun thing for the kids to do and of course my wife is all about the photo opportunities with all the various shapes and sizes of pumpkins. You can borrow a wagon from them to pull around the pumpkins to decide which one or ones you would like to buy. They are fairly inexpensive and proceeds go to help the church. Above is the two of them posing together and then Tyler pulled Haley around in a wagon to check out the pumpkins.

Below is Tyler choosing from a selection of the smaller pumpkins.

One day when Tyler was three years old, my wife had him there for some pictures and a photographer from the major Baton Rouge newspaper happened to be there at the same time. To our great delight he did take several pictures of Tyler holding a pumpkin of which one appeared in a really huge picture soon thereafter in the Baton Rouge paper. It took up a least a quarter of the page. I was thrilled and got numerous copies and of course bragged to everyone I could. We even ordered a glossy poster stock copy of that picture from the newspaper and it hangs in our computer/game room to this very day. The paper even ran the same picture of Tyler, though much smaller for their "Fun" section promoting fall activities the next year.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Denham Springs Library Visit

Have you been to your local area library lately? There's a place that you can visit by yourself or with your kids that offers a visit to other worlds, far off places, magical kingdoms, and an abundance of informational resources all for free. That's right, big things have been happening at the local Baton Rouge library and other ones all over the Baton Rouge, Livingston Parish, and Ascension Parish area.

Recently this summer, (July 'o7) I took my kids to our brand new local library in Denham Springs. This was a real treat for us and a fun thing to do. A teacher by profession, I am aware of how reading is such an important part of a child's educational development. It's a fact. The more a child reads, the better there educational accomplishments. Haley was eager to find herself a book.

Our visit was an adventure for the kids as Haley was amazed at all the choices of books. She of course looked for books with familiar cartoon characters like Barney, Cailou, and others. She did a fairly good job of staying quiet. Tyler was used to going to the library at his elementary school so he was more used to the idea of being very quiet. Tyler posed for a picture while browsing through the books that I posted on the side menu.

After the kids both found enough books for one visit, we walked down to the other side of the building for grownups. There were quite a few people down on the other end with people enjoying the use of some computers for internet browsing. If you don't have a computer, this is a great place for word processing or surfing the net. That's a valuable resource for anyone. Students young and old will need computer access at some point and the library has this for you.

Anyway, as I tried to get the kids to sit quietly at a table on that side of the library my daughter began to get restless and make it difficult for me to have my own time browsing through the books. I saw a really nice book on Baton Rouge but it was a resource book and was not allowed to be checked out. I decided to go ahead and pass on a book for myself so not to disturb the adults. Later, Tyler, Haley and I posed for a picture the a librarian took for us.

We checked out nine books total for that visit and my kids were really excited about that. We had about three weeks to keep those books which seems like plenty of time. The librarian said that if you needed more time with the books that you can log on to their website and extend the time to keep the books if needed. Haley posed by a doll collection that was on exhibit when we first arrived. I posted this picture on the lower right menu.

I suggest you visit your local area Baton Rouge library branch and you can take advantage of special training classes on different computer programs and many other special things for the local community. Baton Rouge has many fine libraries. There's the main Baton Rouge library on Goodwood which is due to be either rebuilt for expansion. I spent a lot of time as a kid at that Baton Rouge library branch as have thousands of other people. There's a nice branch on Jones Creek, Bluebonnet, Greenwell Springs and others. Livingston Parish had long been lacking in adequate library facilities until a recent tax vote allowed the parish to raise the funds and build some really nice libraries. These were greatly need for a booming population and have really enhanced the image of the parish. Why don't you take a short ride to your local library to see what you've been missing? You'll be glad you did.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Remembering Jack Serio of New Orleans

The first LSU home game of the year against Virginia Tech I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of long time friend Jack Serio of New Orleans. Jack had only recently passed away in August due to a known heart condition. His daughter told us the news and this was rather upsetting for us all. Jack was a large beaming man full of life and made the games even more fun. He was very knowledgeable of the team and many times new some inside scoop that he would share with us. We would give high fives all the time after touchdowns and always enjoyed his company. It just won't be the same with "Big Jack." Jack's daughter said that Nick Saban and Les Miles both sent flowers to his memorial service and Jack's daughter has vowed to keep his seats next to ours at the games and cheer the Tigers on as he would have wanted.

Jack and his brother were featured on the documentary made about Hurricane Katrina and the LSU football season and the things that everyone went through. This show appeared on FOX sports and played several times. Jack and his brother Mike also appeared on the Throw down with Bobby Flay show on the Food Network shortly before his death.

The Tigers football games were a large and happy part of Jack's life and I am blessed to have been able to share many of these happy moments sitting next to him for many years. May you rest in peace Jack.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BCS game - memories to last a lifetime

We got to N.O. around noon. We just hung out watching the crowds. If you are a people watcher, N.O. is the place to be - even on a normal day! LOL We also could see the set of Gameday. They had it so far up in the air that we didn't try to get near it. Around 3 we went up by the Dome. They had a Fan Jam going with booths and music. We walked around there and ended up on the side of the Dome where bands go in. The way the Dome is, you can stand on the level above street level and look down on what is going on the street. We watched both bands enter the Dome and of course yelled loudly for our Tiger band. Soon after that, we heard sirens, It was the police escort for the Ohio State team they parked the busses close to where we were. Just after that more sirens - THE LSU TIGERS HAD ARRIVED! They parked the Tiger buses directly below where we were standing. We got to see all on them get off the busss; Dorsey, Flynn, Steltz, Hester etc. We yelled loudly and continually. After that we went in the Dome. We watched warm ups and got a bite to eat. Both bands did a pregame show. I had heard about "script Ohio" all my life. It was cool to see it. Of course when the Tiger band came on the field the roar was deafening. Da, da ,daa, da just gives you goosebumps! Finally it was time for the game to start. What can I say - we were a little concerned when the Buckeyes went up 10 - 0 but we knew it was early. From then on it was pretty much all LSU. They were awesome and we screamed a LOT!!! At the end to see Coach Miles and the members of the team hold up that crystal ball was the best sight EVER! It was pretty emotional! It was an awesome night.... one we will never forget!!

This post is by my friend Karen